While many restaurants advocate sharing plates, not all of them enforce that rule as a political ethos. At The Social List (get it?!?) in Long Beach, they insist that all food on the table is communal (like their breakfast burger with applewood-smoked bacon or peanut butter French toast waffles) but strangely don’t apply the same collective ownership logic to their bottomless mimosa deal. Interesting.
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Tasty Food To Go
Tasty Food To Go is a tiny Thai/Laotian restaurant in a bungalow house in Long Beach with food worth driving across town for.
Sal’s Gumbo Shack
Like the name implies, Sal’s Gumbo Shack is a Long Beach go-to for gumbo. But there’s a whole menu of great Southern food, too.
George’s Greek Cafe
George’s Greek Cafe in Long Beach has all the kitschy trappings - faux columns, flaming saganaki - with food that’s actually good.
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The Polo Lounge
The Polo Lounge seems like one of those classic Old Hollywood spots, but the food and the scene are awful. There are better places for star sightings.
Millie’s in Silverlake is the classic breakfast spot you go to when you need an escape from LA.
Ojai Deer Lodge
Ojai Deer Lodge is a legitimate lodge with great drinks and a giant barbeque on the weekend.
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Venice Beach Wines
Venice Beach Wines is solid, low-key spot to grab a glass of wine and watch the sunset.
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